Norway really is an incredibly beautiful country. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Mazda
chose it as the backdrop for the launch of their updated CX-3 range. We’ve always felt the CX-3 is one of the best-looking
cars in its class, but as if to add a cherry on top of an already well-decorated cake,
the company has also introduced a new range-topping special edition, dubbed the GT Sport. Based on the Sport Nav model, the GT adds
a full aero kit of side skirts with silver inserts, plus bumper extensions both front
and rear. There’s also a gloss black roof spoiler, and
these rather neat 18-inch alloy wheels. Mazda also throws in the choice of either
Meteor Grey or, our favourite, Ceramic metallic paint. Not to be left out, the interior gets an upgrade
with Nappa leather trim for the seats, across the dashboard and on the doors, all finished
off with appealing contrasting stitching. Everything else is just as you’ll find in
the Sport Nav model, so that means a kit list that includes heated seats and steering wheel,
head-up display, Bose stereo, Mazda’s excellent media and navigation system, and even LED
headlights. Cabin space is surprisingly generous, even
in the back where a pair of six-footers will be happy enough, while up front the excellent
visibility makes the CX-3 feel far more airy than many of its rivals. Although three engines are offered across
the CX-3 range, the GT Sport is only available with the mid-ranking 120ps 2.0-litre petrol. That’s no hardship, though, as it’s arguably
the pick of the bunch, and on the incredible roads Norway had to offer, the CX-3 positively
came alive. So what did we learn? Well, for one thing, there’s a lot to like
about the CX-3. It’s agile, there’s good torque from the 2.0-litre
engine, the six-speed manual gearbox has a great shift action, and although with a 0-62
time of 9 seconds dead you might not call it the fastest SUV on the planet, it’s certainly
one of the more economical, recording just north of 48mpg during our time with it. There are no mechanical changes to the GT
Sport over a regular CX-3, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the driving experience is
just the same. Last time we drove the CX-3, we concluded
it wasn’t quite as perky as the Mazda2 it’s based on, but what it does share is a sense
of lightness and surefootedness that many small SUVs are lacking, backed up by beautifully
light steering and confidence-inspiring brakes. While the CX-3’s modest size might make you
think it’s a car destined to spend its life squeezing through traffic in town, what surprised
us most was the little Mazda’s willingness to tackle a long-distance journey. But then that’s what makes the CX-3 such an
endearing all-rounder. And, in GT Sport guise, arguably the best
looking small SUV on the market.

Mazda CX-3 GT Sport Review
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10 thoughts on “Mazda CX-3 GT Sport Review

  • November 15, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    very impressive camera work

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  • November 15, 2017 at 10:49 pm
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    Absolutely stunning!

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  • November 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    Miss those awesome interior view shots you used to record in your earlier videos.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 1:49 am
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    adding the maps was a great touch! nice video!

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  • December 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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    This car along with it's impressive stablemate the CX5 just goes to show how Mazda are producing a premium range of vehicles. Brilliant.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 3:23 am
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    Will this be available in USA? The nappa is not avail.

    Thanks

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  • January 20, 2018 at 9:45 am
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    I'm 60 yrs old. Hv watched hundreds and hundreds of car video clips. This CX3 Sport video is without doubt the best I Hv ever watched. The scenery, the roads, the review it's self are of the highest quality. My first thought was I gotta drive on those roads before I die. That bridge was sensational. So we're those tunnels. Having test driven the CX3 myself it is as the clip suggest is a truly stunning car. I wonder how they got the CX3 over to Norway? If it was as by Aircraft then my dream goes out the window. Well done to all who made this video clip.

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  • January 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    Where’s the review?

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  • April 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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    Beautifulllll video ofmazda cx3!!!

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  • May 26, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    Nice video, not sure which i want more a holiday in Norway or a Mazda CX-3.

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